Penn State Gets Rid of ‘Sweet Caroline’
Penn State University announced, Monday, that it will no longer be playing the song “Sweet Caroline” during football games.
Some may see this change as being related to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal since some of the lyrics talk about reaching out and touching the namesake of the song.
The University, however, denies these allegations.
Spokesman David La Torre said,
“Absolutely no song changes were made based on lyrics. The song has come up on the list in recent years because it happens to be played in so many other professional and collegiate venues and has no real origination here at Penn State.”
There is truth to this statement. The song isn’t known as just a Penn State song. In fact, the sports team with the biggest connection to the song would probably be the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox play this song like a team anthem every game.
Still, it’s hard to believe that this decision wasn’t connected to the scandal. In the past few months, the University has had to look at every decision it has made in light of the circumstances of the last year. Even music choices would seem to be included in this evaluation.
Adding credence to the theory about why this song has been banned, a few years ago Neil Diamond announced that the song was based on President John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline. It seems a little creepy that his song was released when Caroline Kennedy wasn’t even a teenager yet, so it wouldn’t seem to be the best song to be played at Penn State.
People can argue whether or not keeping or removing the song is a big deal. The removal of the song, however, does seem to show that Penn State is absolutely petrified because it knows that everything it does in the wake of its dishonor will be under close scrutiny. It wants to remove anything that could potentially be seen as related to the Sandusky scandal, no matter how innocuous it might seem.
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